Heroin replacing pain pills as drug o...

Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky

There are 105 comments on the Lexington Herald-Leader story from Jan 26, 2013, titled Heroin replacing pain pills as drug of choice in some parts of Kentucky. In it, Lexington Herald-Leader reports that:

Heroin has rapidly replaced prescription pain pills as the drug of choice in much of Northern Kentucky and Louisville, raising fears that a heroin scourge will soon ravage the state.

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amen!

Evansville, IN

#90 May 24, 2013
[QUOTE who="amen!"]<quot ed text>A big problem I see is you have ppl in the dr's office "putting on a show" then running out of the office once they have their scripts! Kills me!! I'd give anything to be able to run! And ya I had to suffer for YEARS before finally finding my dr whom I've been with since '06! For example... My husband has had multiple ambitions on his foot.. He's in the ER about to lose the rest of his toes & you hear this girl screaming bc she stubbed her damn toe! Are you kidding me!!???? It pissed us off so bad! At least she had her toes. Anyways she was faking.. I overheard the drs say she's always in there trying to get pills. And that my friends is why it's hard for ppl whom really need pain meds for chronic legit pain bc u have the BS'ers! It's a shame & a true problem! Not everyone on pain meds are poor junkies![/QUOTE]
*amputations -
wow

Cincinnati, OH

#91 May 24, 2013
[QUOTE who="amen!"]<quot ed text>
A big problem I see is you have ppl in the dr's office "putting on a show" then running out of the office once they have their scripts! Kills me!! I'd give anything to be able to run! And ya I had to suffer for YEARS before finally finding my dr whom I've been with since '06! For example... My husband has had multiple ambitions on his foot.. He's in the ER about to lose the rest of his toes & you hear this girl screaming bc she stubbed her damn toe! Are you kidding me!!???? It pissed us off so bad! At least she had her toes. Anyways she was faking.. I overheard the drs say she's always in there trying to get pills. And that my friends is why it's hard for ppl whom really need pain meds for chronic legit pain bc u have the BS'ers! It's a shame & a true problem! Not everyone on pain meds are poor junkies![/QUOTE] these scripts,,, kill everyone!!! it is what it is! grow tfu and be resonsible!. i quit! i'm done with stupid!!! kill yourselves, i CAN'T care anymore!!! do what you gotta so, i'm out..........
wow

Cincinnati, OH

#92 May 24, 2013
where is the STUPID BUTTON? really?
Versailles

Luton, UK

#93 Jul 4, 2013
Heroin in my neighborhood has gotten so bad that my kids have to stay inside and can't even play outside with their friends.
Warry

Owensboro, KY

#94 Jul 4, 2013
The big fallacy of the war on drugs is that wars are won by competent warriors, and we don't have any competent drug warriors. We only have the government, which is close to the definition of incompetence. When planning to start a war, the first thing you need to figure is whether you have the competence to win that war. But you can't figure that, if you don't have the competence to figure it.
Todd

Chicago, IL

#95 Jul 5, 2013
Warry wrote:
The big fallacy of the war on drugs is that wars are won by competent warriors, and we don't have any competent drug warriors. We only have the government, which is close to the definition of incompetence. When planning to start a war, the first thing you need to figure is whether you have the competence to win that war. But you can't figure that, if you don't have the competence to figure it.
Happy Independence Day to you Warry. As you sleep in your warm and cozy bed tonight, maybe reflect on those who allow you to get a good nights sleep. Patriotism son. Be well.
Sterkfontein Swartkrans

Richmond, IN

#96 Jul 5, 2013
Most legitimate pain patients would not think of using heroin or other illegal drugs. Unfortunately they have become casualties in the useless 'drug war' that has been a total failure. They are forced to live in agony because of the actions of a tiny minority! When they go to the doctor there is now a third person in the room-a dea thug with no medical training!
Army brat

Paris, TN

#97 Jul 6, 2013
lucinda tisdale wrote:
I think the v.a. hospital doctors need to be reined in for over prescribing.pills. i have a neighbor who just moved in and he goes to the v.a. and gets pills and a steady stream of traffic comes and goes from his apartment. He is on 17 different meds. My landlord is asian and she has been told what he is doing but is only interested in getting money from the v.a. i guess they pay his rent. What should i do? Who should i report this situation to? I dont want to live around druggie's or drug dealers. And im in a really nice neighborhood. What can i do to get this person out of my building? The asian landlord is money hungry and has no back-bone.advice please.
Tyvm for changing the subject there. I'm sure there are women & children on here Just wanted to let u know that if u live over "x" amount of miles away from a va hospital, u even get travel pay to go get ur meds. Crazy huh?
Argue this

Harold, KY

#98 Jul 6, 2013
People who are getting pain meds are quick to point out the problem with heroin...you want to know why? They feel as though the new laws and legislation to combat the drug problem are jeopardizing their ability to obtain medications that once were handed freely to them through prescriptions from their physicians.
Blame who you want but the fact of the matter is that for the first time in the history of our country, medications that were intended for the benefit of our health and well being are becoming everything but that...these medications are risky, they lead to psychological and physical dependence...and eventually, full blown addiction. If you have legitimate pain...then don't be afraid to feel it to some degree. The pain you can inflict upon yourselves, your loved ones, and you community is FAR GREATER should you be overwhelmed with the disease of addiction. Trust me...I know this first hand. Wise up!
Feeling a little pain

United States

#99 Jul 6, 2013
I've had absolutely no issues whatsoever getting my pain medicine since the new laws went into effect. Maybe because I really need them, or maybe because I've never lost them or had them stolen. To the poster above I agree with you on the feel your pain to some degree. If I took enough drugs to stop all the pain then I would be messed up high.. I take just enough to get out of bed. I feel so sorry for the drug abusers their family but mostly the children . I've always been open minded and compassionate an empathetic but the stealing and child neglect has made me very bitter. The heroin situation is killing them fast around small town KY. I don't have any hope of recovery after heroin
Argue this

Harold, KY

#100 Jul 6, 2013
Those who take their medication appropriately and are aware of the shortcomings in doing otherwise usually are never a problem. The rampant nature of the epidemic has caused a "sub-culture" of sorts...there are those who get them to abuse and numb themselves of the general stresses and anxieties of everyday life...to get "high" to combat a low point...or just for recreational use. This causes a demand for the meds...this demand becomes a gateway to generate an economy, in turn...then you get an onslaught of people who see the profitability in providing the medications to others (this can be doctors, pharmacists, patients, friends of patients, family members of patients, etc.) It's a sad reality. The best way to combat this would be to educate and affirm what these drugs can do and ARE DOING to our society as a whole. It leaves people in a state of despair and helplessness that is hard to overcome. For those who have reached this point, it is important to focus on finding a better way of life...which is a process in itself.
This will take some time and effort...but it is worth it in the long run...for our children, our community, and our world as a whole.
Carpe Blue Tarp

West Milton, OH

#102 Jul 12, 2013
I was seeing a little hillbilly ho in Covington who was a heroin addict. Anytime I needed her she was there for me. And she got paid well. Win-win.
northern ky

Cincinnati, OH

#103 Jul 12, 2013
Carpe Blue Tarp wrote:
I was seeing a little hillbilly ho in Covington who was a heroin addict. Anytime I needed her she was there for me. And she got paid well. Win-win.
YOU are part of the problem!!! sleep good, shit head! I hope you never had off spring, saddley, i'm sure you did! 1 chromosone above having flippers or claws!! inbreeding causes that. sad thing is your not even high enoungh on the food chain to have a tail!! 7435
Carpe Blue Tarp

West Milton, OH

#104 Jul 14, 2013
Hey northern bite me! If it wasn't me, it'd be some other dude okay. And I guarantee you I treated her with more respect than any other guy in her life. And she used some of that money to feed her kid and pay the rent. Would you rather she go on welfare, and have your taxes go up to take care of those things? Didn't think so.
Odelia Searing

Phoenix, AZ

#105 Aug 9, 2013
Carpe Blue Tarp

West Milton, OH

#108 Aug 20, 2013
Man, this heroin thing is getting way out of control. Let me tell you what happened last week. So I pull up in front of my house after work, and before I can get inside the house the girl next door comes over. She's maybe 27-28, college drop-out, banging body. She tells me she needs $100 and made up some lame excuse. I pressed her for details and she admitted she owed her pusher the dough. Well, yada yada yada... she got $50.
Concerned Citizen

Prestonsburg, KY

#109 Aug 22, 2013
Sheik Yerbouti wrote:
Many posters have pointed out how hard it is for legitimate patients to get the medications they need thanks to dea thugs with no medical training and a political agenda. That said I find it highly unlikely that most legitimate pain patients would turn to heroin. Most will suffer in silence of commit suicide. Most legitimate patients are straight arrow middle class people that would never think of using an illegal drug. Get dea thugs out of the doctor patient relationship and most of the problems will disappear.
My hubby was in a rock fall in the mines years ago. His pain meds have been lowered and his pain is chronic. He said he would eat horse manure before resorting to buying illegal drugs, and pain runs between 8-10 constantly.
Maynard

Frankfort, KY

#110 Aug 22, 2013
Sick of you junkies and fake ganster wannabees
Maynard

Frankfort, KY

#111 Aug 22, 2013
I can swim I can swim I can swim I can swim I can swim I can swim I can swim I can swim
sdaf

Lexington, KY

#112 Aug 22, 2013
heroin is a plague that destroys everything it touches.
you may feel good at first, but after you use it for a while it WILL destroy you.

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